One of the below Nonprofiteer of the Year Finalists will be receiving the YNPN-NYC Nonprofiteer of the Year Award at our Anniversary Event on June 28th. Come out and show your support! More info on this exciting event is here: http://ynpnnyc.org/event-registration/?ee=16
Name: Chris Cubitt
Title: Development Associate, Jericho Project
Why He Should Be Nonprofiteer of the Year: I can’t tell you if I deserve to win without sounding biased. I don’t know any of the other finalists. But what I can say is that I am dedicated to advancing the mission of non-profits. I am, completely, devoted to this field for the present and the future to come.
What He Would Do With $1 Million: I would pursue a PhD in order to gain legitimacy as a young non-profit leader. Often, young leaders must fight for credibility. We turn to advanced degree holders as experts in the field. I would want to use this expert status as a way to push the mission of non-profits across the world.
Where He’ll Be In Ten Years: In ten years, I will be working for an international non-profit in an executive team. I would also offer pro-bono services free-of-charge to aspiring and struggling non-profits in need of guidance and direction.
Name: Hewett Chiu
Title: Founder, President & CEO, Academy of Medical & Public Health Services
Why He Should Be Nonprofiteer of the Year: When I was 15, my grandmother passed away. My mother passed away a year later from cancer. I never gave up, but viewed these experiences as making me a better person and more appreciative of humanity. As Nonprofiteer of the Year, I can finally motivate other young leaders to take action and make a difference in their communities in the face of adversity.
What He Would Do With $1 Million: $500,000 will be used to develop a foundation providing support and guidance to grassroots organizations working to guarantee basic human rights in their communities. Once basic costs are met, the rest of the $500,000 will provide immediate grants to these organizations financially at risk. The other $500,000 will be invested in an endowment fund to provide ongoing support for other non-profits.
Where He’ll Be In Ten Years: I hope to become both a cardiothoracic surgeon and human rights attorney. With this unique training, I hope to see underprivileged patients while developing programs to help families access healthcare. Integrating my clinical background with law, I hope to work in the federal government developing policy to ensure equitable health access while continuing to execute such programs through my non-profit.
Name: Erin Kaplan
Title: Senior Director of Development, Evaluation, and Support Services, Fiver Children’s Foundation
Why She Should Be Nonprofiteer of the Year: I know my strengths and how to collaborate with others to do the best work for my colleagues and clients. I am passionate and dedicated to the contributions that I make to my own non-profit, but also strive to guide and assist as many other organizations as I can. I would be honored to receive this award to not only acknowledge my own work, but also the hard work of everyone who supports me.
What She Would Do With $1 Million: I would probably go on a vacation first and then pay off my graduate school loans. I would set up a plan to make multi-year donations to a few non-profit organizations that I care about – Fiver Children’s Foundation, Little Essentials, and Choices in Childbirth. I would seriously consider opening my own neighborhood shop for parents. I would love to give families a space which would be open for la leche meetings, community cooking and workshops.
Where She’ll Be In Ten Years: [Doing] the same thing! I love working with children and families and learn from them everyday. I enjoy discovering the best practices in my field and sharing any knowledge I have with others. I hope to continue to lead others to do the best work they can and be inspired by the creativity and thoughtfulness of the non-profit sector.
Name: Bryan Pacheco
Title: Outreach Coordinator, SAGE Harlem
Why He Should Be Nonprofiteer of the Year: I got into nonprofit work because I always wanted to be a part of the solution. I always told myself that I need to use my skills and passions for communities that I not only identify with (I am Latino and gay), but also those that don’t get the proper resources allocated to them. I believe I am deserving of this award because in my non-profit work and career I am working endlessly to make my and other marginalized communities safer and empowered.
What He Would Do With $1 Million: I believe that communities have the solutions they need to their own issues and problems. I would open up a foundation that would give away non-restrictive grants that will fund community ideas to make it a better place. I don’t have all the answers, but if I could help people move forward by providing money to see their ideas come to life… then that is how I believe to best utilize this money.
Where He’ll Be In Ten Years: I want a long career in non-profits. I see myself in a director role working either in an organization that focuses on seniors, LGBT or immigrant communities. If I could help get one legislation passed in the next 10 years, I would hope we will have passed the Dream act so all Americans can have a fair chance to prosper, including our immigrant communities.
Name: Aldrinana Leung
Title: CGI America Manager, Clinton Global Initiative
Why She Should Be Nonprofiteer of the Year: At the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), I help to lead efforts around CGI America which finds creative solutions to promote economic recovery in the U.S. My primary focus is supporting and empowering my team to have a multiplier effect among the people they engage for an even greater collaborative impact.
What She Would Do With $1 Million: If I were given $1 million today, I would launch a competition to highlight and fund solutions to local challenges. The competition would spur innovative ideas, and both celebrate and inspire action and impact. Alternatively, I would also like to fund programs that educate younger generations on social entrepreneurship opportunities.
Where She’ll Be In Ten Years: In ten years, I hope to be working at the intersection of the public, private, and nonprofit, helping to cultivate alliances that can bring together unlikely partners with different but complimentary assets and expertise. I hope to shift focus to international issues with great need, and continue to travel!